Rock & Roll Memorabilia
A Jerry Garcia-owned custom Alembic electric guitar, "Lucky Number 13"
1972, walnut double cutaway body with mahogany and walnut through body neck, ebony 27-fret fretboard with oval mother of pearl inlay, active pickups with prototype monofilter, brass bridge and nut, Schecter tuners, brass inlay and carved Alembic emblem to headstock.
This custom made guitar was only the 13th complete instrument made by Alembic as a company and was constructed exclusively for Jerry Garcia. Garcia had been modifying his guitars for years at this point and had just begun to go the custom route with instruments made by Doug Irwin and by Alembic. Lucky Number 13 is an important stepping stone to Garcia's more well-known Doug Irwin-made Wolf and Tiger. Although much less ornate than the later two instruments, Lucky Number 13 has the luxurious feel and subtle details of a fine custom instrument. An accompanying letter signed by Bob Weir states that this guitar was believed to have been used by Garcia on his first solo album, Garcia. It is unknown why he stopped using the guitar, but he later ended up gifting the instrument to Matthew Kelly, member of Kingfish, Bobby and the Midnites and solo artist while Garcia was a guest guitarist on Kelly's solo album A Wing and a Prayer.
Proceeds from the sale of this guitar will go to the Amicus Foundation, a charity working with orphaned children, destitute families, disenfranchised women, and imperiled cultures in Bhutan and Thailand.